Botox has been a mainstream treatment for wrinkles for many years. While the treatment has been deemed safe by numerous organizations and a myriad of studies, many people are still skeptical.
In this article, we will review the history of Botox, the reasons why you might consider undergoing the treatment, and what you should know before your first Botox appointment.
Since the late 1980’s, Botox has been used by dermatologists as a go-to treatment for wrinkles and face lines. Botox is composed of a protein that makes up botulinum toxin. When injected, it causes tense muscles to relax, resulting in the appearance of smoother, wrinkle-free skin.
Botox: A Long History
Should I Undergo Botox Treatment?
One of the main uses of Botox that comes to mind for the average individual, is the cosmetic application. Botox can decrease wrinkles in a variety of areas including:
- The Area Around the Forehead.
- The Area Around the Lips.
- The Area Around the Chin.
- And Many Other Regions.
Outside of its cosmetic uses, Botox can also be used therapeutically to reduce the muscle activity involved in a variety of conditions such as:
- TMJD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. If you find yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, you may develop symptoms of TMJD. While there are various treatments for the condition, one of the preferred treatments that dermatologists have relied on for years is the injection of Botox into the jaw muscles. Just as with tight muscles that cause wrinkles, the injection of Botox into these tight jaw muscles promotes relaxation in the area and can decrease symptoms of the disorder.
- Tension Headaches. Similar to TMJD, tension headaches are caused by overly tight muscles. Botox can be injected into these tight muscles to promote relaxation and relief as well.
- Sweating that is Deemed Clinically Excessive. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is another condition that can be effectively treated through the use of Botox.
What Do I Need to Know Before My First Botox Appointment?
Before your first Botox appointment, it is important to keep in mind the following considerations:
- You should not lie down for 4 hours after the treatment.
- Botox can take up to 2 weeks for full results to become apparent.
- Bruising is a common side effect after Botox, but can be minimized by selecting a skilled dermatologist for your treatment.
- Botox typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months after application.
- Making a variety of facial expressions after your Botox treatment can help to activate the effects more quickly.
- While the treatment does involve injection, there are very few individuals who experience anything beyond very mild pain during the treatment.
- Botox is derived from a toxin, but it is perfectly safe when applied by a certified practitioner.
If you are considering receiving Botox for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons, it’s important that you select a skilled provider to minimize complications and to obtain the best outcome possible, an experienced Botox dermatologist is the perfect choice. Call today for a consultation to see if Botox is an appropriate treatment for you.